Linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed practice last week with a virus. He missed a few plays in the first quarter after taking a cleat in the ribs.
"Just knocked my wind out," Ware said. "I’m already low in wind [because of his illness], so it knocked my wind out. I couldn’t breathe. I was trying to get it to release. I got my wind back and went back out there after that."
Ware had three tackles, including one for loss, a sack and a quarterback hit. He has had at least a half a sack in five consecutive games, the fourth such streak in his career. He has 107 sacks in his career, third all time behind Harvey Martin (114) and Randy White (111) in the Cowboys' annals. (Dallas recognizes sacks before 1982 in its record book, though sacks did not become an official statistic until then.)
The defense played well enough to win. Ware acknowledges that. But he doesn't blame the offense, which turned the ball over six times.
"You can point the fingers, but you can’t let that be the bad apple of the team," Ware said. "You’ve got to sort of figure out when it’s your opportunity and when it’s your time out there, you’ve got to do your job and do your job the best way you can do it. If it’s on defense, it’s stopping them and holding them to a goose egg or whatever we need to do, that’s what we have to do. Because at the end of the day, it’s a team sport."
-- Charean Williams